The state Duma will consider a bill to increase the cost of voting the voter

Госдума рассмотрит законопроект об увеличении стоимости голоса избирателя

The Russian state Duma on Friday will consider in the first reading a bill to increase state funding of political parties, in particular, the value of votes is scheduled to increase from 110 to 152 rubles.

The document was prepared by representatives of all factions. It is proposed to amend the Federal law “On political parties”. In the case of adoption it will take effect from 1 January 2017. Profile Committee of the state Duma on Affairs of public associations and religious organizations recommended the adoption of the bill.

In the explanatory note the authors of the initiative suggest that public funding of political parties is a factor in ensuring the stability of the political system of the country, aims to reduce the dependence of parties on private donors to make their funding more transparent and allows for enhanced interaction with voters. “A draft Federal law aimed at preserving the current level of state funding of political parties”, — stated in the explanatory Memorandum.

Under current law, state funding of political parties, passed in the state Duma, carried out annually in the amount of 110 rubles multiplied by the number of votes received Federal list of candidates of a political party. The bill amount can be increased up to 152 rubles.

According to the authors, changes are necessary in the first place for the public to support those political parties, representation in the state Duma of the seventh convocation was reduced by results of elections of deputies of 2016.

In financial and economic justification to the bill, the authors pointed out that the changes will not require additional expenditures from the Federal budget. The budget allocations necessary for the implementation of the bill will be in 2017 6,952 billion rubles, stated in the accompanying documents. In addition, on Friday in the first reading in the state Duma will consider a bill to increase the number of assistants of the Deputy and the Senator from five to seven people.